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NDP's Horwath, Krmpotich commit to funding to keep HCRY, Essar jobs alive

Today, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and byelection candidate Joe Krmpotich announced their funding commitment to keep the Huron Central Railway rolling in order to protect and create good jobs in the Sault.

"Huron Central's line to Sudbury is how Essar gets Sault products to market," said Krmpotich. "Without it, hundreds of jobs will be lost. I'm proud to say that the NDP won't let that happen."

NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo calls for action in housing crisis unfolding in Parkdale

Cheri DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale – High Park and NDP Critic for GTA Issues, is standing with Parkdale tenants on rent strike, and calling on AIMCo to immediately stop issuing evictions notices and the Liberal government to immediately address the housing crisis unfolding in her riding in Parkdale.

“I will not stand by while my neighbours and constituents are pushed out of their homes and their communities.” said DiNovo. “Kathleen Wynne must act immediately to protect tenants from eviction.”

Health care wait times are too high in the Sault: NDP

The NDP says years of cuts and underfunding by Lberal and Conservative governments have led to health care wait times that are too long in the Sault – and it's time to turn that around with a voice that will fight for more resources.

According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), 90 per cent of admitted patients wait as long as 53 hours in the Sault Area Hospital ER for a hospital bed. Sault's hospital is the second most crowded hospital in Ontario, according to numbers revealed by a recent Globe and Mail article.

FAO report warns that Wynne hydro plan will cause bills to soar: NDP

A new report from the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) confirms that Premier Kathleen Wynne's Hydro borrowing scheme will cause Hydro bills to soar. Ontario NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns said the report shows that Wynne’s plan is even costlier than feared, and is about saving Liberal seats at the expense of everyone who pays a hydro bill.

"We thank the Financial Accountability Officer, Stephen LeClair, for his work and urge Kathleen Wynne to see it as a big red flag," said NDP Energy critic MPP Peter Tabuns. "The cost to everyday families and businesses across Ontario with this plan is far too high.”

 

STATEMENT FROM THE NDP ON KOMAGATA MARU ANNIVERSARY

On the anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident, Ontario’s New Democrats join with Ontario’s South Asian community, and all Canadians, to remember this dark chapter in Canada’s history.

When the Komagata Maru landed in Vancouver 103 years ago, 352 passengers – largely Sikh – fleeing British colonial rule in India were refused entry to Canada, and refused even basic necessities such as food and water. The decision to refuse to help these passengers seeking refuge and a better life was the result of exclusionary laws designed to keep immigrants of Asian origin and descent out of Canada.

New Democrats across the country joined with the South Asian community as far back as 2007 in calling for a formal apology from the Canadian government. Ontario’s New Democrats have also worked closely with Ontario’s Sikh community on issues including the creation Sikh Heritage Month in Ontario, formal recognition of the November 1984 Sikh massacre, and flying the Nishaan Sahib outside the provincial legislature – a historic first.

Across the country, New Democrats and the Sikh community are united by shared values of selfless service, community wellbeing and optimism. Although the discriminatory laws that led to the incident are gone, racist sentiments and anti-immigrant discrimination are still present in Canada today. All Canadians should use the memory of the Komagata Maru to remind us to stand up to oppression and injustice whenever we see it.

Racism, faith-based discrimination, and prejudice have no place here.

 

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Statement from Peter Tabuns NDP MPP (Toronto-Danforth): Ontario must act immediately to end social housing crisis

Peter Tabuns NDP MPP (Toronto-Danforth) issued the following statement.

“Social housing is at a crisis point in the city of Toronto, and in communities across the province, because Premier Wynne refuses to provide provincial support to clear the repair backlog.

Today’s alarming news that more than 3,000 families and individuals are at risk of losing their homes in the next five years when half of all TCHC properties will be in critical condition shows that the province must act immediately to stop today’s crisis from becoming a disaster.

Kathleen Wynne’s recent provincial budget ignores families on the affordable housing wait-list in Toronto and throughout the province, and provides no new money for social housing and urgent repairs.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has committed to Toronto Mayor Tory, to the people of Toronto, and to communities throughout the province that under an NDP government the province will pay its fair share to repair social housing units – a one-third split between provincial, federal and municipal governments.  

New Democrats will stop the downloading and cuts. We will be partners in safe, affordable housing.”

Ontario NDP MPPS: on transportation, Wynne has history of big promises, little follow through

Today southwestern Ontario NDP MPPs Teresa Armstrong (London-Fanshawe), Peggy Sattler (London West), Lisa Gretzky (Windsor West), Percy Hatfield (Windsor-Tecumseh), Taras Natyshak (Essex), Catherine Fife (Kitchener-Waterloo) and Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls, ONDP Transportation Critic) issued the following joint statement on the Liberal high speed rail announcement: 

Premier Wynne may make promises when it comes to our transportation infrastructure, but is always light on action. Although today's announcement was actually a re-announcement, it could be a step in the right direction and we have high hopes for this environmental assessment, but people in our communities are wondering today whether this is just another hollow election promise. 

Despite repeated promises to implement all-day, two-way GO train service to both Niagara and Kitchener-Waterloo, the people of these communities have seen no action.

Southwestern Ontario families and businesses have been hit with Wynne's skyrocketing hydro bills, while she's doing nothing to help people in our communities deal with the loss of so many manufacturing jobs. Our communities are concerned that this is another case of the premier looking for votes for herself while ignoring the needs of the rest of us. 

Horwath, Krmpotich urge Sault residents to have their say on Wynne hydro scheme

NDP critical of Conservatives support for hydro privatization

Today Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and NDP byelection candidate Joe Krmpotich urged the people of Sault Ste. Marie to have their voices heard on the Wynne Liberals' hydro borrowing scheme, which Ontario now knows will cause hydro bills to soar. 

Premier Kathleen Wynne is poised to use her majority to force her bill through the legislature in just a week, allowing only very limited time for Ontarians to push back. 

NDP bill to protect vulnerable adults in unregulated supportive living homes passes second reading

Today, a bill from Welland MPP Cindy Forster designed to protect vulnerable adults and seniors in Supportive Living Accommodations (SLAs) passed a critical vote in the legislature. 

Forster’s bill, the Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Supportive Living Accommodation Act, would put in place licensing rules for privately operated SLAs, as well as increased protections to prevent mistreatment of vulnerable high-risk adults and seniors living in this type of housing. Included among the safeguards proposed in Forster's bill is a provision that would require housing providers to be provincially licensed in order to collect ODSP cheques and other types of support payments on a resident’s behalf.

NDP demands Wynne act now and provide Toronto needed funds to stop opioid crisis

During question period on Thursday, the NDP’s health critic, France Gélinas, demanded that Premier Kathleen Wynne give Toronto the funds needed to save lives and stop the growing opioid crisis. Wynne is holding back money the Toronto Board of Health needs. 

“Ontario is in the midst of an opioid crisis that demands urgent action,” said Gélinas. “People are losing their lives, every day, on the streets of this city.”

 

Wynne must respect right to correct sex designation on birth certificates: MPP DiNovo

During question period on Thursday, Cheri DiNovo, the NDP’s LGBTQ issues critic, demanded that the Wynne government abide by the Ontario Human Rights code and allow Ontarians the right to correct their sex designation on their birth certificate.

“Joshua M. Ferguson is a queer non-binary person who has applied to change their sex designation on their birth certificate,” said DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale-High Park.

Statement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Ontario’s New Democrats are a part of the global movement against homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia because we believe no one should ever be discriminated against because of who they are, or who they love. In Ontario, and around the world, everyone deserves to be safe, tofeel safe, and to be empowered to freely express themselves.

Taking time to mark the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia is an important opportunity to raise awareness of the realities that members of the LGBTQ2 community continue to face, especially at a time when divisive politics seems to be on the rise.

New Democrats are proud to stand alongside the LGBTQ2 community in the fight for recognition and safety and we’re proud to take this fight to the Ontario legislature. That includes leading the fight to ban conversion therapy, entrenching gender identity protections in the Human Rights Code, and introducing a historic motion to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance with a moment of silence at Queen’s Park.

We mourn those we have lost, and celebrate the victories we have won. Most importantly, we remind ourselves that there is still so much work to do before we can say that all Ontarians live free of prejudice or violence.

NDP calls for legislative session to be extended

Kathleen Wynne is about to enact a plan that will cause hydro bills to soar for decades, and the public isn’t even being given time to weigh in. That’s why the NDP is calling for the legislative session to be extended by at least one week.

Today, Wynne’s Liberals will force through a motion that will limit debate, and cut the window for public hearings down to a meagre six-hour window.

Wynne failing to cover medication for Ontarians with diabetes: NDP

During question period on Tuesday, NDP health critic France Gélinas called out Premier Kathleen Wynne for failing Ontarians living with diabetes by excluding them from provincial drug coverage. The NDP has proposed the first universal Pharmacare plan, which will provide drug coverage for all Ontarians, regardless of age or income.

Gélinas participated in an Ontario round table organised by Diabetes Canada on Tuesday, where she found that their number one issue was access to medications and supplies.

NDP calls on Wynne government for inquests into deaths of children in care

During question period on Tuesday, Monique Taylor, the NDP critic for children and youth services, called on the Wynne government to hold a mandatory inquest each time a child under its care dies, after several children and youth living in foster and group homes died over the last six months.

In February, fire swept through a foster home near Lindsay, killing 14-year-old Kassy Finbow and Andrea Reid, one of the caregivers.

Horwath brings fight for jobs in the Sault to Queen’s Park

Today during question period, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath demanded to know why the Wynne Liberals are ramming through their $40 billion hydro borrowing scheme when they know it will threaten jobs in Sault Ste. Marie and across the province. 

Horwath told the legislature about Steve and Lucy Fronzi, business owners in the Sault who employ over 50 people in their community. They already pay over $10,000 every month for hydro, and if their bills go up any further, they may have to cut back on staff.

Statement from the Office of NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

Prior to announcing that he will enter the federal NDP leadership contest, NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh (Bramlea-Gore-Malton), spoke with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath about his intentions. They agreed to an adjustment of his caucus duties consistent with the rules federal NDP caucus members seeking the leadership are required to meet.

Singh will step down as Deputy Leader for the duration of the Federal NDP Leadership campaign.

·       Stepping in as critic for the Anti-Racism Directorate portfolio is Teresa Armstrong, MPP for London-Fanshawe.

·       Stepping in as critic for Government and Consumer Affairs is Wayne Gates, MPP for Niagara Falls.

·       Stepping in as critic for the Attorney General is Gilles Bisson, MPP for Timmins-James Bay.

Singh will continue to serve his constituents as the NDP MPP for Bramlea-Gore-Malton, and will remain a valued member of the NDP caucus team.

NDP to vote against Wynne hydro hike

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s new hydro deal will cause hydro bills to soar – which is why the NDP will vote against the Liberal borrowing bill.

Last week, leaked secret documents from Wynne’s cabinet showed that the Liberal government’s plan to borrow billions of dollars will cause electricity bills to shoot up sharply after the election, as ratepayers will be forced to pay back billions, plus interest.